Without Women, Dentistry Would “Grind” to a Halt

Sorry, but I just couldn’t resist the opening pun.  😀  In celebration of International Women’s Day today, though, a quick article is in order.  Kind of like the article I recently wrote, Without Immigrants, Smiles by Payet Dentistry Wouldn’t Exist.

Women Account for Over 90% of Dental Workers

My apologies for not having done a ton of research or having links today, but this point should be fairly obvious to anyone who’s been to a dental office recently.  The overwhelming majority of people in dentistry are women.  I do have a few statistics and will try to find a couple more when I have more time:

  • Out of approximately 150,000 dental hygienists in the USA, 98% are women
  • Out of approximately 375,ooo dental assistants in the USA, 98-99% are women
  • Out of approximately 195,000 dentists in the USA, 30% are women

Basically, that means that dentistry, as a medical service and profession, would completely stop without women.  And everyone who comes to our office knows what an amazing group of women work for us.  😀  Seriously, there is no way that we could do what we do without these awesome women.


To be clear, I consider myself a feminist, by which I mean the normal definition from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:  a person who subscribes to the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.  And because of that, I would have loved to close our office for today and participate in the marches and protests, just as I would have liked to do for #ADayWithoutImmigrants.  If any of our employees had requested time off to participate, we would absolutely have said yes.  It’s difficult, though, because we have so many patients who depend on us, and closing would have drastically inconvenienced so many of them.  So we are still working today.

Just a little something to think about for today.

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